Title: An Evaluation of RFID Security Systems for Tracking of Parcels in Kenya

Issue Number: Vol. 8, No. 4
Year of Publication: Dec - 2018
Page Numbers: 223-231
Authors: Samuel Odoyo Nyiendo, Collins Oduor Ondiek
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002466


Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK), also known as Posta, and other courier service providers’ deliveries have always been governed by fair user policy (FUP) to safeguard on the operational ethics. Posta is one of the parastatal organizations registered Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) that still enjoys partial monopoly in letter boxes services. The courier business segment has stiff competition brought about, not only by liberalization policies passed by parliament in 2005 but also new courier players using cheap motor cycle riders that have drastically lowered the revenue base for the PCK. Parcel tracking starts at dropping points, the process continues while being transported to destinations picking offices, that may take several hours. With Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wireless systems organizations may increase business competitiveness and make better decisions while optimizing on safety of the transit parcels. The paper starts with literature reviews on RFID tracking systems, followed by comparisons of courier coding methods, RIFD conceptual designs, applications and procedures that may be deployment on transit parcels. The results and findings presented at the discussions may benefit all stakeholders by increasing customers satisfaction, business values and safety of the courier service providers in Kenya, and for further courier security research.